Iranic ǀ Middle Eastern
Iraq was the center of the indigenous Akkadian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian-Chaldean, and Abbasid empires. In the eighth century, Baghdad under its Caliphs was considered the world trade capital. The history of this area has witnessed some of the world’s earliest writing, literature, sciences, mathematics, laws and philosophies; hence its common epithet, the Cradle of Civilization.
Iraqi represents 103 randomly chosen individuals deriving mostly from Iraq’s central and southern provinces (both Shia and Sunni Arabs) who were sampled in 2005 by universities in Rome and Utah.
Source publication: Allele frequencies of 15 autosomal STR loci in the Iraq population with comparisons to other populations from the middle-eastern region, FSI, 2007, p87-92.